May 30, 2024

Highway Department


County & Township crews pull shoulders on gravel roads every Spring before the grass begins to grow on the side of the road. This maintenance is done to reclaim gravel that has been pushed into the shoulders, as well as to remove the berm on the roadside which keeps the water from flowing off the road. We lose a lot of gravel either from rain washing it off the road or from vehicles kicking it up from normal driving. By doing this we save tons of gravel. Pulling shoulders is not a one day, one week, or one month process. It could take several months of weekly blading for conditions to return to normal.


Effective Monday, March 11, 2024
300th Street, between 470th and 471st Avenues, will be closed for Overpass replacement.
Click on the links below for further information:

2024 Press Release for Stub End of #11

2024 Detour Route for the Stub end of #11


Effective 11/17/2023

474th Avenue is closed between 311th and 312th streets for a bridge replacement.

It is anticipated that this will be closed up to a month.


Rural Access Infrastructure information is available at the following link:

Union County Highway Department

501 E. Pleasant Street

Elk Point, SD 57025-2159

Office Phone: (605) 356-2351

Shop Phone: (605) 356-3251

FAX: (605) 356-2348

Email: [email protected]

Summer Hours

March 10, 2024 – November 2, 2024

Monday – Thursday (Excluding Holidays)

6:30 A.M. –5:00 P.M.

Office Staff

Highway Superintendent: Jerry Buum – [email protected]

Executive Secretary: Cristy Harkness – [email protected]

Administrative Assistant: Samantha Langley – [email protected]


Elk Point Crew

Bob Bradshaw

Dan Kayl

Sabrina Langley

Paul Limoges

Oliver Morris

Jeff Noteboom – Assistant Superintendent

Verlyn Portz

Dale Steckelberg

Nathan Willms



Alcester Shop

110 Ofstad Street

Alcester, SD 57001

Shop Phone: (605) 934-2210

Fax: (605) 934-2209

Alcester Crew

Richard Beeler

Riley Ericson

Josh Homandberg – Road Foreman

Jamie Jurgensen

Derek Lykken




Various Permits:
Please fill out the forms listed below and email to [email protected]


Union County Highway Department requires Dust Control Application Permits
prior to the application of dust control products
to be placed on all county gravel surface highways
at the expense of the landowner.


Union County Dust Control Application Permit


Highway Access Permit Application form & informational documents:

Highway Access Permit Application

Highway Access Permit Information


Application for permit within and/or across the right of way of Union County Highways:
2023 08-01 Utility ROW Permit


Oversize/Overwidth Permit:


_Moving Permit Fillable (Sample)

The links below are not completely functional at this time


2016 Union County Structure Map


Union County Highway System Map

2007 Union County System 2012 June 18

Union County Township Officers

Union County Township Officers


For South Dakota Interstate & Highway closures

South Dakota Motor Carrier Enforcement

South Dakota Driver’s License Information

Preparedness Guides

National Weather Service – Sioux Falls

Big Sioux River Hydrology




Last updated on May 29, 2024 12:32 pm